DAB Radio's?

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Can someone tell me some facts about these DAB radio's that everyone is going on about?

What does DAB stand for? And whats the difference between a normal radio like the one in my dads car and a DAB radio?


Has anyone here got one?
 
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Not to sound rude but the reason i stared the tread is because i wanted some real human answers and enplainations rather than reading up boring info in a website.

Did you buy your DAB just for the clearer sound?
 
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Yucca said:
Not to sound rude but the reason i stared the tread is because i wanted some real human answers and enplainations rather than reading up boring info in a website.
The wiki is written by real humans! It's a pretty good one - I'd be surprised if you'll get more useful info from the forum unless you have specific questions not addressed there.
 
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Think of it as the radio equivalent of freeview.
Freeview=Better quality & Extra Channels (TV)
DAB=Better quality & Extra Stations (Radio)
 
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One of the first sentences states:

Wikipedia said:
The original objectives of converting to digital transmission were to enable higher fidelity, more stations and more resistance to noise

So basically, they usually sound better, have a greater range of stations that usually aren't on FM, and are less susceptible to any interference.

However, they basically work or dont (being digital), so if you live in an area with a crap signal, the audio will just cut out, instead of hissing.
 
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Yucca said:
Not to sound rude but the reason i stared the tread is because i wanted some real human answers and enplainations rather than reading up boring info in a website.

Did you buy your DAB just for the clearer sound?

I bought it as I couldn't get 5 live sports extra except online! You will pick up all the local stations and some extras but i dont really listen to anything else so cannot comment.

As for the wiki link you wont get any more detailed info anywhere!
 
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I'm sure that I read somewhere that DAB radios are a waste of money as the broadcasters are all going to switch to AAC as a standard, thus rendering current DAB radios obsolete.

Can't remember where I read it though.
 
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The wiki is written by real humans! It's a pretty good one - I'd be surprised if you'll get more useful info from the forum unless you have specific questions not addressed there.

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I'm sure I've read before that F.M. has better quality sound, better bitrate or something :confused:

Dab does give you a text display though and a heap of stations you would otherwise not get.
 
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hyster said:
Dab does give you a text display though and a heap of stations you would otherwise not get.

I think so. My DAB gives a 'Now Playing' scrolling marquee too, which is a very nice touch. Gone are the days when I hear a tune on the radio and listen carefully at the end of the track to see if the DJ mentions what he just played. :)
 
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hyster said:
I'm sure I've read before that F.M. has better quality sound, better bitrate or something :confused:

Dab does give you a text display though and a heap of stations you would otherwise not get.
FM is said to give better quality (range) than DAB. There was a big row involving BBC Radio 3 over this - I believe that it was 'sort of' resolved by giving more bandwidth to Radio 3 (at certain times of day), partially at the expense of Radio 4. However, Radio 3 still sounds better on FM than it does on DAB.

For voice and rock, etc. it will probably sound fine. I have two DAB radios - Goodmans GPS 280 - DAB+FM+CD - £50 from Amazon
 
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Westyfield2 said:
DAB=Better quality(Radio)

How wrong are you?

DAB transmits in 128 MP2 which is way worse than 128 MP3 and that quality gets slated on these forums.
FM is much clearer and has a better frequency response.
People think that DIGITAL = Better.

HOWEVER - if DAB does it for you then you can't complain and theres no doubt that Radio 5 Live is better on DAB.
My DAB needs are Planet Rock radio which you can't get on FM so the poorer quality doesn't bother me.

If you don't believe me then head over to AVFORUMS and search for a guy called digitalradiotech who got permabanned for going over the top about poor quality DAB.
 
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dmpoole said:
How wrong are you?

DAB transmits in 128 MP2 which is way worse than 128 MP3

o'reilly

Edit: according to Wiki, you're right :eek: What a placebo this whole business is. Turns out the standard was defined in the late 80s too - probably light years ahead when they all sat down to work it out with their casette players and AM radio :p
 
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